Phitsanulok (พิษณุโลก) is a convenient base from which to explore the attractions of historical Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet. As such it sees relatively few independent travelers but a fair number of package tourists. The frenetic and friendly city also boasts some interesting sights and museums, chief of which is Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, which contains one of the country’s most revered Buddha images.
Those willing to forge their own path can also use Phitsanulok as a base to visit the nearby national parks of Thung Salaeng Luang and Phu Hin Rong Kla, the latter the former strategic headquarters of the Communist Party of Thailand.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Phitsanulok.